Tests find no threat from lead at school

Paint chips scattered near Crofton Meadows


Laboratory tests have detected no dangerous levels of lead in the play areas at Crofton Meadows Elementary School.

The tests were ordered after a contractor hired by Anne Arundel's Department of Public Works to strip and repaint the Crofton Meadows elevated water tank near the school accidentally released chips of lead paint into several yards along Kent Fort Lane when the bottom of a large tent designed to contain the chips opened, county officials said.

The state Department of the Environment's lead safety standard for play areas is 400 parts per million. Martel Laboratories of Towson reported finding fewer than 10 parts per million at Crofton Meadows Elementary.

Samples taken from inside and around houses near the tank also were found to be within state safety limits.

The contractor, Liberty Maintenance Inc. of Ohio, was hired to remove lead paint from the water tank and repaint it as part of a maintenance program for elevated tanks that provide pressure to the county's public water system.

The Department of the Environment said most of the chips appeared to have fallen next to the tank. The department approved Anne Arundel's cleanup.

Pub Date: 5/14/99

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